Friday, May 04, 2012
The Status Mask
I'm reminded of a woman whose life's goal is to make lots of money. She came to love cars and travels. On the way, she became arrogant, power-hungry, selfish. She then committed adultery, compromised morality, and left her family for another man for the sake of money and her convenience.
Hiding behind a "status mask" is a form of Adlerian inferiority/superiority dynamic at work. It's psychological and emotional dishonesty. The truth is, no amount of status symbols (cars, travels, money, houses, position, power etc) can satisfy or cure the insecurity inside.
If corrective treatment to develop the true self is disregarded, then an inferiority/superiority complex which Dr. Adler identifies is bound to emerge. Compensation and over-compensation foster the danger of the individual becoming more broken, selfish, aggressive, proud, status-hungry, immoral, violent, or worse.